Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to
encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum,
thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be,
in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the
roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta.
Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal
people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of
Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything
changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any
fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what
she could have ever guessed . . . Eliza Granville was born in
Worcestershire and currently lives in Bath. She has had a life-long
fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their
symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when
she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories
during the Third Reich.